When underground pipes start to fail, it can lead to costly repairs. The CIPP lining process helps to reduce the cost of fixing broken sewer lines or water mains, keeping your house running with less disruption and more affordable plumbing options. Consider using UV for quick curing to get the most benefit from pipelining.
Interested in the benefits of new pipe lining options to fix your underground plumbing? This guide offers:
- An overview of trenchless pipelining
- A look at the benefits of UV light CIPP lining
- The importance of hiring a qualified plumber
Learn how trenchless repairs can help keep your home in good repair without blowing your budget.
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Overview of Trenchless Pipelining
Trenchless pipelining is a process that uses a curable resin to line the inner surfaces of your pipes, creating a new, smaller-diameter pipe inside. While trenchless isn’t always an option, it’s often the preferred method when it can work to fix leaks.
Why You May Need It
Many things can affect your underground pipes. The freeze/thaw cycle can cause cracks, while root intrusion is also a common issue. Over time, debris from minerals or household products can slowly narrow the interior of your pipes. All of these issues can potentially be solved by trenchless pipelining.
When the inserted resin cures, it creates a new, leak-free surface inside your pipes. As long as the pipe structure is in reasonable condition with no collapsing, this method works well to shore up damaged areas.
Trenchless vs. Trench Methods
Trenchless pipe repair first became an option in the 1970s. Before that, all underground pipe repairs used a trench method. Trench methods involve digging up the existing pipeline and replacing it with a new pipe. The process is relatively straightforward, and it is the only option in some situations. However, trench re-piping causes damage to your landscaping or hardscaping and costs more due to the increased labor and time needed to do the work.
If your plumbing runs under concrete or asphalt, repairing the damage done after getting your pipes fixed can cost thousands. With trenchless pipe repair, there’s no need to break up your asphalt or sacrifice parts of your lawn or garden. Instead, pipe repairs happen from end to end, requiring no digging. Not only does trenchless pipe repair leave your property looking unchanged, but it also doesn’t require a large team or lots of permits before you can get started. Any home renovation that uses heavy equipment may also require wait times and notification before you can begin to work. Permit delays are the last thing you want to deal with when your home is without water.
It’s also important to note that trenchless sewer repairs may require permits, and local regulations may limit access to this method. Be sure to talk with an expert at Cooper Heating & Cooling to find out if it’s an option for your home.
The Benefits of UV Light CIPP Lining
If trenchless plumbing is a better way to repair your pipes, you might also be interested in how UV can benefit the CIPP lining process. When you use UV light to cure the resin rapidly, the result is faster, cheaper, and longer-lasting plumbing repairs.
Older trenchless methods often rely on steam and heat for cured-in-place piping. This method’s downsides are that it takes heavy equipment and many hours to cure just a few feet of pipe. UV light hardens resin in minutes and doesn’t require any equipment to move large volumes of water. With the faster cure time, you can often have your new underground pipe ready for use on the same day as installation. When the city uses UV CIPP lining for significant restoration projects, you’ll often have water service restored in 4 – 8 hours.
Saves on Labor Costs
With CIPP lining cured with UV, you only need access to the home and the water or sewer main. An inflatable sock and robot-controlled UV lights mean the entire job might only take one or two experienced plumbers. Plus, with less time wasted waiting for pipes to cure, you only pay for a fraction of the labor.
While UV CIPP lining is relatively new, all indicators are that these pipes can last for 50 years or more, making them a great alternative to copper or plastic pipes. These pipes are often more resistant to cold weather damage, making them an upgrade for areas where the freeze/thaw cycle is a major annual issue.
Importance of Hiring a Qualified Plumber
As with any home renovation, the company doing the work greatly impacts the final quality and price. When you need repairs for underground piping, make sure you find a plumber that is:
- Knowledgeable about various repair methods
- Willing to guarantee their work
- Licensed and insured
- Willing to provide references
At Cooper Heating & Cooling, we have more than 40 years of experience working on homes in Colorado. Our plumbers are experts and licensed. When we finish work on your home, we offer a 2‑year labor warranty, and you can renew that warranty, giving you years of peace of mind.
If you need emergency assistance with your plumbing, contact the team at Cooper Heating & Cooling today! Our fast and convenient scheduling means we can usually be at your home within 24 hours.